Turkish businessmen from the automotive sector visited Slovenia
On 14 June over 50 representatives of Slovenian companies attended the meeting with Turkish businessmen from the automotive sector. The event was intended to get to know each others business environment and establish commercial, manufacturing or development partnerships.
Institutions have come together to achieve a breakthrough in the field of agri-food innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness
Branch organizations uniting agricultural and food companies, as well as cooperatives, signed a joint declaration on cooperation in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness with three leading Slovenian university incubators. The goal is to contribute to development, breakthrough and progress of the agri-food sector. The signing of the declaration is an important step in the implementation of the smart specialization strategy and the action plan of the strategic development and innovation partnership in the field of sustainable food production (SRIP food).
Regulations in the field of environmental protection are often unrealistic
On 1 June 2017, over 100 experts in the field of environmental protection discussed the topic of hazardous substances in the environment, their sources, be it natural or anthropogenic, environmental monitoring and impact on underground water and soil during the Business Environment Day. In particular, the SDIP (Strategic Development & Innovation Partnerships) Circular Economy was presented to facilitate the transition to the circular economy.
Slovenian companies could make better use of alternative financing sources
There exists various forms of investment financing on the market which Slovenia still makes insufficient use of, including various incentives for investors. It goes without saying that projects must be professionally prepared, which were the words of the participants in the Large Investment Conference, which mainly discussed the possibilities of financing with EU and EIB funds the proposed new incentives for investors through the so-called “EFSI Fund” inherent in the Investment Plan for Europe, and the proposal for a new act regulating the promotion of investments. The event was organized on 30 May 2017 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) in cooperation with the EC Representation in the Republic of Slovenia.
Slovenian and Austrian businessmen join talks with the heads of both states on the topic of strengthening mutual cooperation
Over 150 Slovenian and Austrian businessmen took part in the Business Forum on 24 May 2017 on the occasion of the official visit of Dr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of the Republic of Austria, to Slovenia. At this opportunity, the Austrian President signed the book of honorary guests of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS).
Ukrainian and Slovenian businessmen discuss new business opportunities at the CCIS
On 23 May 2017, over 70 Slovenian and Ukrainian businessmen took part in a forum organized by the CCIS in cooperation with the SPIRIT Slovenia public agency and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. At the event, Gennadiy Chyzhykov, the President of the Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, pointed out the pharmaceutical and agro-industry, engineering and tourisms as sectors of particular interest.
Approval of a facilitated transport regime in Austria
The Austrian Parliament has passed the new transport regulation that had previously been adopted by the Government. The CCIS and its Transport Association also pushed for its adoption. In the future, announcements of cross-border placements in transport will be generalized, i.e. for a period of 6 months, irrespective of each individual placement. From all the usually required data, (only) active employees and the vehicle LPN will have to be reported during the period concerned. When entering into Austrian territory, an employment contract must be present on board of the vehicle as well as a service ID card in the German or English language, along with a record of the working time. Upon request of control authorities, the remaining documentation in the German language will have to be submitted for the current and previous month within 14 days. The new regulation applies from 1 June 2017 onwards.
Extended validity of the Pomurje Act
The National Assembly has confirmed the extended validity of the Pomurje Act for two more years, 2018/2019, which will result in EUR 3.5 million earmarked for the business sector (public call for tenders) and two years of additional tax relief for investments and recruitments, which amounts to a total of approximately EUR 5 million.
Three achievements for the Housing Funds
The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Act amending the Housing Act. The Association of Housing Funds within the CCIS Chamber of Real Estate has accomplished three important achievements for its members:
The first measure will result in less administrative load, while the second measure will make more empty dwellings available due to higher rents for those tenants who no longer satisfy the relevant conditions. Easier borrowing for Housing Funds will further facilitate the building of new public rental housing.
easier access to the personal data of tenants and other clients participating in the proceedings conducted by them;
- also the possibility to check one’s eligibility for the award of non-profit housing for those tenants who concluded their tenancy agreements before the entry into force of the said Act (save for the former holders of the tenancy right); and
- fewer restrictions for borrowing applicable to Housing Funds.